Lifestyle

Today, I will be sharing my take on a unique veggie red-velvet recipe. It’s delicious and doesn’t include any preservatives, artificial colours or flavourings.

It’s no secret that I love any vegetable-related cakes… This might sound weird to you, but are y’all not the same people who can’t say no to a slice of the finest carrot cake? Sort it out! Vegetables in cakes are the past, present and future.

For instance, I’ve just learned how to make a cheesecake filling and chocolate mousse using avocado. Sounds disgusting now but once you get over the “vegetables shouldn’t be used in sweet dishes” vendetta (and taste it) it’ll all be fine and dandy! Again, you are the same people who won’t look twice at a carrot cake before scoffing it down your cake-hole (clever use of a pun, even if I do say so myself).

Back to the Red Velvet Cake… Yes, before you ask, I chose to include BEETROOT instead of food colouring. You are allowed to throw up now, just make sure you come back to carry on reading afterwards… You won’t want to miss it!

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons lemon juice
135g beetroot, boiled and grated
310g flour with 100g ground almonds
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
400g dates
50g unsweetened cocoa powder
285g unsalted butter, melted
4 beaten eggs
2 tablespoons honey
125ml dark chocolate almond milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 tablespoons cream
75g low-fat soft cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 dash of salt                                                                    450g icing sugar

Method:

Start by greasing your baking dish with a choice of butter, low-fat oil or oil spray.

Then, preheat your oven to 180 C / Gas 4 and pour lemon juice over beetroot, setting aside to soak.

Combine the flour and ground almonds, 1 teaspoon salt, bicarbonate of soda, mashed dates, cocoa, melted butter, eggs, honey, dark chocolate almond milk and 2 teaspoons vanilla extract into a large mixing bowl. Finally throw in beetroot and beat mixture 2 minutes at medium speed of mixer before transferring to prepared dish.

Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 about 40 minutes before leaving to cool. While you wait for the cake to cool, you can get started with the frosting.

To make frosting: combine the cream and soft cheese, 1 teaspoon vanilla and dash of salt followed by the icing sugar. Once everything is in your bowl, beat until fluffy and leave to set.

Voila.

All that’s left now is to assemble the darn thing before consumption! 😋

P.S: you can add nuts to garnish (if you’re not allergic obviously), and for extra texture.

*I found this recipe on AllRecipes but altered it to make it even more healthier*. You’ll find a photo of what it should look like attatched to the link.

I’ve yet to post a photo of it because I want to follow up on this blog with a video – which I’ll upload to YouTube and embed in this post. Check back here in a couple of weeks for it!

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Where are the ‘This Morning‘ production team finding their guests, please? I mean, in the space of less than one week there have been two misogynistic views raised by none other than women!

First it was that “women are more likely to be sexually assaulted if they dress provocatively” and now it’s “women who don’t wear make-up are less likely to secure a job after an interview”.

I’m actually getting extremely tired of this crap now! I expected that (after the very liberating and powerful #WomensMarch) we would be more accepting of femininity and of ladies in general. Alas, we’ve since had women openly shading us on a public scale! If we women are being this misogynistic towards each other, what message are we sending to the chauvinistic and bigoted men like Trump, Farage and Morgan?

Ladies, whether you wear make-up or not, whether you wear provocative clothes or not – you do you! Do what makes you happy! Don’t conform to ideals set by others just to “fit in”. Embrace yourself, embrace your body, embrace your face, your beauty and your character.

When you go for a job interview – provided you’ve showered, look clean, your body language is on point and you’re dressed somewhat smartly (as though you’ve made an effort) – nothing else matters!

If make-up is not your thing, I envy you. At least your skin will age slower and you’re what can be described as a “natural beauty”. Also, you’re getting an extra however many minutes or hours to sleep in the morning! RESULT!

I’ve never actually come across a Job Specification or Description which highlights that a woman “needs to wear make-up” in order to be hired – well, unless they’re applying for jobs at MAC or beauty counters in department stores, that is…

Let me remind you that there are women on Earth who are creating revolutions for us against make-up and fore it. Chimamanda and Alicia Keys to name a couple!

Your skills, personality, body language, experience and what you say in an interview are what get you hired, not what you look like facially. The company also has to consider whether you’re a good fit culturally, again, this has nothing to do with whether you’re partial to eyeliner, some mascara, and a lippie nor does it have anything to do with the fact that you can ‘Kontour Like a Kardashian‘.

Besides, would you hire someone who looks as though they should be appearing on ‘Snog, Marry, Avoid’? Less is definitely more (depending on the type of role you’re applying for).

Love and light,

Miamii

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Dale Pinnock: The Medicinal Chef #VloggingInspo

YES!

I have come up with an idea for my (hopefully) weekly video-blogging series! It’s going to be about quick, healthy, medicinal meals that you can make at home.

I love cooking, I try to cook as much as I can. So, I figured that I should be putting my “not-so talent, more of a hobby” to good use by starting a Cooking Channel. The channel will be called: ‘Cooking with ‘Mii’ because that’s exactly what I hope you’ll be doing.

At some point, I would like to return to University to study a Cooking or Food Technology Masters, learning all there is to know about the science behind flavours and ingredients. I very much enjoyed studying it at GCSE, and I want to continue it. This way, I’ll be merging my Broadcast Journalism BA with an MA in Food. Awesome! I’m hoping to be the next Lorraine Pascal. 😆 #DreamBig #Goals

If you know enough about me, you know I don’t like to repeat myself and do the same thing over and over again… It’ll just be too boring for me to do beauty videos when I do a lot of writing about beauty products here. I love lots of things like horse-riding, gym, eating, cooking, reading, tweeting, reading tweets, I also love music, and going to the cinema.

Oh, yes, about that! I’ve got a membership card that lets me go to the cinema (any branch) as many times as I want, a month!

This means that, if you so wish, I could create an Entertainment section on ‘Beauty Bae’ where I review films for you. Don’t worry though, I won’t spoil the ending or the plot… I’ll just describe what I see in the trailer (even though I’ll have watched the whole thing) and tell you whether I enjoyed it or recommend it.

If you’d like that, get involved below. Whether you like it or not, chat to me. Also, if you have other suggestions for my video-blog – or ways to improve this blog – drop them down there (in the comment section!).

I love reading and replying to y’all!

My last Peanut Butter related post goes to Meridian and Whole Earth combined! I was going to do two separate posts but I don’t want to lose followers with my ability to bore people to oblivion (or annoy them by mentioning food that they crave too much)! 😂

Anyway, back to Meridian vs. Whole Earth… I am comparing these two because it’s #NationalPeanutDay, also because I love peanuts, oh – and that they both claim to make Organic peanut butters. Y’all know how much I love my Organic-y things, right?

Meridian:

Meridian’s Peanut Butter is actually the healthier alternative to Whole Earth (on the face of it) because it’s famous for not including Palm Oil… However, you know what they say about “unhealthy” things… 😛

What’s more, Meridian have loads of different types of nut butters that are consumable by people with  various intolerances ranging from lactose, egg, gluten, wheat or sugar free. The ones that baffled me were “peanut” free and “shellfish” and “celery” free. Are they joking, or what? Who’s going to put SHELLFISH in a Peanut Butter? Imagine someone at Meridian HQ: “OMG! You know what this Peanut Butter is missing? A LOBSTER CLAW!” … This sort of thing begs the question: “what is life?” It really gets you thinking: “does the ‘CRUNCHY’ in crunchy peanut butter mean that of a SHELL?” 🤢

The consistency of Meridian’s crunchy peanut butter is still slightly smoother than I prefer. I think that’s got a lot to do with digestion, again with the healthy jibber-jabber …

Meridian’s packaging is good, but it looks a little on the budget side when compared with Whole Earth.

The taste? It tastes healthier than your average peanut butter. It just tastes like how peanut butter would if it was a salad. 😆

Price? This one works out cheaper than Whole Earth, I believe…

Whole Earth:

Although Whole Earth have one specific “no Palm Oil” peanut butter, the rest of them include it. However, Whole Earth does state that its peanut butters have “no added sugar”. But, as we have learned the hard way, “no added sugar” doesn’t mean “no sugar was added” but “no MORE sugar HAS BEEN added”. I mean what a way to false advertise and trick you, eh?!

The consistency of Whole Earth’s crunchy peanut butter wins it for me.

In terms of packaging, Whole Earth also wins it for me. It just looks a lot better than Meridian…

The taste? Delicious! I am in love. Besotted. I absolutely can eat a whole jar in one sitting.

Price? I think Whole Earth’s peanut butter comes with a more “premium” price tag than that of Meridian.

Like Peanut Hottie, both Meridian and Whole Earth are multi-purpose.

My verdict: I liked Meridian but it’s not as good as Whole Earth. Nothing beats Whole Earth for me, not even Pip & Nut.

My beautiful, sensationally stunning and amazing mother’s opinion? I tested it on her when I made my speciality ‘Banana Spilt’ and she prefers this one to all the others that I have purchased in the past… I’ve even got her to try the soya Holland & Barrett one. I love Holland & Barrett but let’s not go there with its soya Peanut Butter (which isn’t actually made from PEANUTS).

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Peanut Hottie ‘Peanut Butter’ & Peanut Hottie ‘Peanut Butter & Chocolate’

Seeing as it’s still #NationalPeanutButterDay, I thought I’d come online to review my favourite “hot beverage”. Peanut Hottie.

I’ve done a review about this brand before (on another blog that I used to run) before because I love it that much! Sadly, I couldn’t find the review so I’ll have to write one up from scratch!

I’m sure you’re well informed of my peanut butter obsession, and I’ve heard that my ‘Peanut Butter Day’ post which was published earlier on today has got y’all craving it, so  I thought why not add to it? 😜

‘Peanut Hottie’ is:

A delectably delicious, instantly indulgent peanut butter flavour hot drink.

I think that my stratospheric admiration for PB means that I discovered it in its early days… I picked one up from the supermarket (to try) and haven’t looked back since.

The peanut powder is of multi-purpose use, you can put it in pancake mix, add it to your milkshake, porridge oats, brownies, or do with it whatever you like… As you can see from the link, I put it in my brownies (and drink it as a hot drink every weekend in cold Winter days).

The packaging? Glamorous! Although it comes across very feminine in design, the taste and product itself appeals to both genders. The golden packaging really makes it stand out from the crowd in the Hot Beverage aisle of any supermarket.

The taste? Like rich peanut drink. It’s very rich and luxurious in flavour. I personally found the plain Peanut Butter one too rich, however, Peanut Hottie have released a Peanut Hot Chocolate since, and it’s just right! 😋

The price? I believe it retails at the same price as other popular hot beverage brands, it’s just unique in that it’s specifically targeted at peanut butter lovers like myself. That, right there, is its USP.

I love you, Peanut Hottie!